The Board of Directors

“When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers therefore, are the founders of human civilization.” ~Daniel Webster



Amber is an Arizona native who was raised in Palo Verde, a farming community on the outskirts of Buckeye, AZ. She has deep roots in Arizona’s Agricultural History and continues to carry on her passion for Arizona Agriculture. Amber grew up raising and showing livestock in 4-H and FFA. She graduated from the University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Amber and her husband, Marty, have their hands full with 3 boys who are eager to follow their parents’ footsteps driving tractors, riding horses and showing livestock. Amber and her husband, Marty, together own The Pharm’n Company, Rustique Acres, and Rustique Rentals. Amber has dedicated many years volunteering at the Maricopa County Fair, beginning as Co-Superintendent of the swine barn in 2003. Additionally, she sits on the board of the Maricopa County Farm Bureau and is the Maricopa County Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Chair. She is also currently serving as the Arizona Farm and Ranch Experience Board President.


Margaret Bartol is a native Arizonan who was raised in Litchfield Park, AZ.  She is the granddaughter of Kenneth B. McMicken, first General Manager of Goodyear Farms and HOF Honoree in 2012.  She graduated from Arizona State University and Oregan State University with an MS in Counseling.  She was Director of Hospital Social Work and Manager of Air Life Medical Helicopter program at St Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon.  Margaret and her husband, Tom now own TWB Race Horse Training at their farm in Humboldt, Arizona.  Margaret is Secretary of AZFARE, a past President and life time member of Litchfield Park Historical Society, a member of Arizona National Livestock Show and Arizona Farm Bureau.

Margaret serves as Arizona Farm and Ranch Experience Secretary.


James is part of a multigenerational Arizona family whose roots in citrus production began in Mesa in the mid 1930s and continues with citrus production today on the family farm in Waddell/Surprise.  Raised on a citrus and dairy operation in Waddell, he has been involved with agriculture his entire life.

Since securing a B.S. in Animal Husbandry from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, James has enjoyed a career with various management positions in Dairying, Beef Ranching, diversified Row-Crop Farming and Citrus Farming in Hawaii and Arizona.

James retired as Farm Manager at the University of Arizona Citrus Agricultural Center at Waddell, currently sits on the Arizona Citrus Council and is a long-time member of Arizona Farm Bureau.

James serves as Arizona Farm and Rach Experience Treasurer. 


Dr. Ed Martin is the Interim Director for Arizona Cooperative Extension, University of Arizona. He is the chief administrator for almost 600 employees who bring science-based research to help solve real-life problems to improve the lives, communities, environment, and the economy in Arizona and beyond. Dr. Martin is also an Extension Irrigation Specialist and Professor in the Biosystems Engineering Department at the UA. Originally from Michigan, he received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Agricultural Technology and Systems Management. He has been with the University of Arizona since 1992. 

Ed is the Past President of the Arizona Farm and Ranch Experience. 


Jon Cheney was born and raised on a ranch in Pinedale, AZ.  Since he was a little kid he enjoyed ranching, raising animals and going to the Sun Valley Livestock Auction.  He graduated with a B.S. from Arizona State University and has an MBA from University of Phoenix.  Jon started working for Salt River Project in 2013 as a Zanjero and is currently a Senior Training Analyst for the Water Delivery Services department.  Jon completed the ASU Water Management Certificate Program and Tempe Leadership.  Living on a small irrigated property in the valley, Jon is having a blast raising and growing his family and his herd of miniature cows.  


Sharolyn Hohman recently was elected to serve a four-year term as a councilmember to the City of Goodyear. Ms. Hohman is a long time West Valley resident. Since 1980 she has worked professionally in the Southwest Valley and currently resides in Goodyear.

Sharolyn led the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce for twenty-five years as President/CEO retiring in spring of 2013. Sharolyn has a BA degree from Grand Canyon University and a MA degree from Northern Arizona University and is a graduate of Institute of Organization Management.

Ms. Hohman is the mother of two grown children and proud grandmother of four.


Patty Lakin Carroll was born and raised in Arizona. She grew up in a farming and ranching family. Her father and grandfather owned and operated the Cross-U Ranch near Prescott, as well as the Lakin Cattle Company and Lakin Milling Company in Tolleson. Patty grew up riding and showing Quarter Horses raised by her father, she was member of the Arizona Quarter Horse Association and 4-H.   She is a graduate of University of Arizona College of Nursing, and worked as a Registered Nurse in hospitals and schools until retirement.   Patty is a member of the Arizona National Livestock Show, and has served on the ANLS Scholarship Selection Committee for several years.  Although she now lives in New Mexico, her heart is with Arizona and its rich heritage of ranching and farming.


As a partner at Orcutt I Winslow, Neil’s goal is to find opportunities to improve our community and environment through working with community and business leaders. Orcutt | Winslow is a locally grown asset begun in 1971 by Herman Orcutt and Paul Winslow who taught Neil to give back to his community and create designs that live in harmony with the environment. Orcutt | Winslow is an architectural and interiors design firm that specializes in Healthcare, Educational, Hospitality and Senior Living projects of every size and complexity. As well as designed buildings for commercial office, corporate office, municipal and institutional clients as well. Orcutt | Winslow believed in sustainable and environmentally appropriate design well before being “green” was popular. Neil joined the firm more than 25 years ago, and has enjoyed and continues to have successful relationships with clients in all aspects of the firm’s specialties. Neil has helped developed a strong customer-focused environment at Orcutt | Winslow with an emphasis on developing trends in design.



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